By Karen J. Bannan  |  Posted 2002-01-29 Print this article Print

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4. What issues should an e-business consider when choosing an off-site Web hosting facility?

Think of a data center as a home away from home for your vital information. If your off-site home isnt secure, then your data isnt secure either. Companies that have off-loaded their servers to data centers should demand to see their providers security plans and shouldnt be shy about testing them. Call your facility and ask for your password. Show up at the data center and walk around unencumbered. Peek into other companies cages. Youll quickly learn how secure your data really is, but security is only one of many concerns.

The number-one concern for most online businesses, says Genuitys Keresey, is connectivity. Companies want to know how many backbone providers are connected to the data center. Providers should have multiple backbones coming into a facility, so in case one fails, theres no break in service.

Dont forget to negotiate a strong service-level agreement and follow up with a strong backup plan. Although TheBeast offered its customers premium off-site disaster recovery backup, two clients failed to take the offer, and they lost their data as a result.


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